Primary schedule; moves primary date in anticipation of redistricting process, etc. (HB736)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Primary schedule in 2012.  Moves the June 12, 2012, primary date to August 21, 2012, in anticipation of the 2012 redistricting process and adjusts various deadlines for filings and election preparations to accommodate the new primary date. The bill also authorizes the State Board of Elections to adjust dates and deadlines (other than the primary and election dates) if necessary to complete the Voting Rights Act Section 5 preclearance process. The bill declares that an emergency exists and that the bill is effective upon passage. The act will expire January 1, 2013. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/11/12 12101325D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/2012Assigned P & E sub: Elections Subcommittee
01/30/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB736)
01/31/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104929D-H1
02/06/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB736H1)
02/06/2012Read first time
02/07/2012Passed by for the day
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104929D-H1
02/08/2012Amendments by Delegate Jones agreed to
02/08/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB736EH1
02/08/2012Printed as engrossed 12104929D-EH1
02/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB736EH1)
02/09/2012Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/09/2012VOTE: PASSAGE EMERGENCY (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Engrossed bill reprinted 12104929D-EH1
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/28/2012Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2012Read third time
03/02/2012Reading of amendment waived
03/02/2012Committee amendment agreed to
03/02/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/02/2012Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Placed on Calendar
03/06/2012Senate amendment agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/2012VOTE: ADOPTION EMERGENCY (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB736ER)
03/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB736)
03/09/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB736ER)
03/09/2012Signed by Speaker
03/10/2012Signed by President
04/09/2012G Vetoed by Governor
04/18/2012House sustained Governor's veto


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.